Back in June, I tried to quit drinking coffee cold turkey (down from 4 -5 cups per day). This was a disaster. In addition to the expected headaches from withdrawal, my mood became depressed and severe back pain developed. I gave up after 10 days and started on coffee again. Headaches went away and mood improved, but the joint pain didn’t.
Did some homework, went to see the chiropractor and some others, a month later the back pain was still there. Came across the work of Dr. John Sarno (“Healing Back Pain” is his book) and the work he did with something called tension myoneural syndrome. 6 weeks after reading his book, I"m out of pain and gradually starting to strength train again. His basic premise is the unresolved emotions can turn into pain in the body.
When I first heard that comment about vision - that the mind gives people blur due to emotional difficulties, I rejected it outright. Julia made a comment, that she moved right before she first needed glasses, and that she thought there was a connection. Based on my experience with back pain, which moved into shoulder pain, elbow pain, and wrist pain, when there was nothing structurally wrong with my body, I"m more open to the idea the initial blurry vision and stress, trauma, or other difficult emotions might be connected. This isn’t easy to prove, though, so I’m not really even sure how to talk about it.
That’s the short version anyway…